Times Leader Cuts Jobs Amid Downsizing Efforts

August 4, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — Downsizing at the Times Leader continued this week with a new round of layoffs affecting a handful of employees, according to several staff members who spoke on condition of anonymity. Management laid off the paper’s life editor, the director of marketing and administration and a staff photographer, the sources confirmed. A digital operations specialist for the paper also posted to Facebook that he had been laid off during the cuts. It was not immediately clear whether additional employees were affected. Publisher Mike Murray did not return messages seeking comment. The layoffs come after a previous round of cuts that affected nine people last September, and at a time the newspaper’s owner, North Carolina-based Civitas Media, has been scaling back operations in other areas. The company has sold all of its newspapers across the country except for the Times Leader. Recently, the Times Leader announced it is ceasing print publication of its Dallas Post weekly newspaper. The Post, which was founded in 1889, will no longer be printed but will continue to be maintained online, the announcement said. Another Times Leader-branded paper, the Abington Journal, is closing its office at 211 S. State St. in Clarks Summit, building owner Lynn Nichols said Friday. She said the weekly publication will no longer rent the space from her and is set to move out Sunday. Nichols contacted The Times Leader to find out the reason for the move but she did not receive a response. Nichols is selling the building and another next to it that she also owns. Earlier this year, the Times Leader sold its headquarters building at 15 N. Main St. in Wilkes-Barre to King’s College for $725,000. The college plans to use the building to expand its programs, including laboratory space for the college’s allied health program. The newspaper, meanwhile, moved its newsroom, advertising and circulation departments to the Times Leader production facility on East Market Street near Pennsylvania Avenue. Circulation numbers have showed The Citizens’ Voice has been increasing its daily and Sunday lead over The Times Leader in recent years. A report from the national Alliance for Audited Media released in June showed The Citizens’ Voice’s circulation was 11 percent higher on Sundays, at 23,116 compared to 20,501 for the Times Leader in the fourth quarter of 2017. The Voice’s daily circulation was 20,968, while the Times Leader’s dipped to 16,641, according to the report. KATHLEEN BOLUS, staff writer, contributed to this report. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058

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